Spotlight On: Liza Phillips Design

Narrowsburg, New York

When artist and designer Liza Phillips launched her company in 2004, she knew its philosophy would be based on good design and good labor practices. Having several workshops in Kathmandu, Liza understood the industry’s potential for exploitation. Determined to do everything possible to better the lives of weavers and their children as they face the future, she joined the GoodWeave® certification program.

Liza's approach to design often begins with a conceptual theme and a color idea. Many of her rugs have game themes, such as "Ball Court" and "String Game," which are among her most popular designs; others are inspired by nature and fine art. She has come to see rug design as a tactile form of painting, well suited to the bold, graphic character of modernism. Liza has mixed paint all her life, studied color theory and developed a keen appreciation for the complexity of color and its relationships.

Liza's lifelong involvement with art is rooted in her family and her growing up in an environment filled with modern art and design. Her grandfather was Duncan Phillips, the art collector and founder of the Phillips Collection, and her grandmother was painter Marjorie Phillips. After earning a bachelor’s degree in art history and philosophy at Vassar College, Liza worked in set design, architectural illustration, magazine production and graphic design. She received a master's of fine arts in painting from Chelsea College of Art in London and continues to exhibit her artwork.

Liza sees her relationships with her manufacturers as essentially artistic collaborations. Each rug hinges on the skill and focus of individuals with their own lives and families. Humane working conditions are an absolute necessity.

To view the rugs and learn more, visit www.lizaphillipsdesign.com.


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